Because we incoporate e-commerce as part of our business, we implement security protocols to protect our readers and customers. Please take a moment to review these policies and tips to insure safe traveling through our neck of cyberspace.
The City Edition does not sell mailing lists, nor do we collect any financial information from customers (i.e. credit card, bank accounts and social security numbers).
All online financial transactions are conducted through PayPal, a secure payment service and one of the biggest in the world. The only information collected in our forms and shopping cart are names, addresses and phone numbers. When you click to pay for an ad or other purchase, you will be transferred to the secure PayPal page with our company name listed. That's when you provide your credit card details or enter a Paypal user ID and password if you have an account with them. (You do not need to open an account, but it makes future transactions go faster, since they'll already have your vitals on file.)
If you receive an email from us, we will never ask you to submit any account numbers, passwords or other sensitive data. Nor will we ask you to click on a link in an email. Most scams on the internet involve an email that arrives from somebody posing as a company with whom you do business. The email message asks you to click on a link, and the link may take you to a page that looks just like the company page, or even the Paypal page. If your browser displays the web address, you may see a URL that looks something like this: "http://188.8.131.52" . Unfortuantely the link displayed in the originating email may look authentic and so will the web page.
That's why the rule of thumb is to never to click on a link in an email. You should always type the web address yourself on your browser address line, if you have one, or use a search engine to get a link to the business. (Our web address is www.thecityedition.com.)
You should also never open an attachment in an email until you've scanned it for viruses. Most web software and email services like AOL and Yahoo have built-in virus protection. (If your email server or ISP doesn't provide it, you should consider purchasing the popular Norton or McAfee applications for this purpose). Another trick is to look at the extension on the attachment. If it's something strange, definitely do not open it.
If you should ever doubt the authenticity of an email or web page purporting to be The City Edition, please contact us immediately. In addition, if you recieve any scam emails, please forward them to us at email@example.com and we will alert everyone to watch for it.